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  • As data volumes and larger workloads continue to increase, virtualization has become the standard environment and cloud computing is a go-to approach for many functions. As the result of all these additional IT layers, the complexity and scale of IT application infrastructures necessarily rise. There are more powerful servers, more capacious storage arrays, faster networking equipment, bigger pipes for connecting it all and a lot more apps running outside the firewall serving the enterprise. IT needs to plan for and manage these changes carefully and provide accessibility, flexibility and privacy for their employees and customers without adding significant dollars to their IT budgets. Thus, clear visibility into the entire environment is a must. To effectively take stock of data center infrastructure and the performance impact of disparate components, companies should consider the steps outlined in this slide show, put together using eWEEK reporting and professional expertise from John Gentry, vice president of marketing and alliances at Virtual Instruments.

  • As part of its $100 million commitment to advance Watson, IBM invested in WayBlazer and Sellpoints, as Welltok acquires Predilytics.

  • Google's $150M pledge to invest in workforce diversity echoes other Silicon Valley efforts to recruit more women and minorities.

  • As another Mother's Day quickly approaches, you may be thinking about how your mom helped steer you on the right course. She got you to eat your vegetables, stop listening to that awful music and, of course, was there when you started your career. When IT management software provider asked its Thwack Community of over 130,000 IT pros to weigh in on how their moms helped them "become the IT pro you are today," the response was overwhelming. The anecdotes show that IT pros truly do have great appreciation and gratitude for their mothers. Whether or not mom was interested in (or even understood) technology, she provided encouragement, support and financing to pave the road for her sons and daughters to pursue their love of technology. And there were a few tech-savvy moms represented in the group as well. While some of the IT pros who shared their experiences started out their tech support career by helping their moms, others were brought into it by their moms being early adopters of tech themselves. Inspired by the popular Internet meme, "Texts from Mom," this eWEEK slide show reinterprets real responses SolarWinds got as a humorous way to pay homage to the mothers who were there all along. Without their support, organizations everywhere would be lacking you, the talented IT pros they have today.

  • Jabil Circuit, the name of which stands for James Golden and William E. Morean, the company's two founders, is the third-largest design, supply chain and manufacturing company in the world, yet most people have never heard of it. Jabil, which turns 50 next year, has 90 locations in 24 countries, employs 180,000 people worldwide and has an annual revenue of $20 billion. Companies such as Taipei-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.—otherwise known as Foxconn—and other international IT product builders are better known for various reasons. St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Jabil makes thousands of things, including circuit boards, connected wristbands and tiny cameras for investigating the human body. It also assembles and/or packages a list of familiar products. Jabil, which has never done much public marketing, is in the news because it opened its 100,000-square-foot Blue Sky Center for innovation in San Jose, Calif., on April 30. The impressive facility features the company's new-generation intelligent digital supply chain toolset (called Jabil inControl); factory-of-the-future IT; state-of-the-art Internet of things (IoT) and rapid prototyping labs; and access to advanced capabilities for increasing customer collaboration and product innovation. This eWEEK slide show highlights some of the key products and technologies Jabil is designing and/or building and exhibiting at the Blue Sky Center.

  • Important logic for the deal is that the transaction brings Capgemini IGate's flagship clients, which include General Electric and Royal Bank of Canada.

  • Linux talent is in high demand, and the evidence is in the numbers. According to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation, 92 percent of IT managers plan to hire Linux pros within the next six months. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report includes data from hiring managers (1,010) and Linux professionals (3,446) and provides an overview of the state of the market for Linux careers and what motivates professionals in this industry. With the rise of open cloud platforms positively affecting this ever-growing market, a new generation of open-source projects like Docker and OpenStack ensure the longevity of developers who can hone the most cutting-edge skills. Yet in the same report, 88 percent of companies stated it is somewhat difficult to find qualified candidates. Organizations are willing to pay big bucks for those with the right qualifications. To glean more perspective from a company that is constantly looking to hire the best open-source talent, eWEEK spoke with Marie Louise van Deutekom, global HR director at SUSE, to uncover tips for Linux job seekers and showcase which skills will help them stand out.

  • IBM had a decline in software and services revenue for the first quarter of 2015, but the cloud and systems units soared.

  • For most of its 31-year existence, Dell was known for being a PC, server and storage maker that could build devices to individual requirements and get them shipped quickly and efficiently, and at scale. While the service model itself was innovative, Dell let other companies lead the way in innovating new versions of these devices. However, since late 2013—when the Round Rock, Texas-based company instituted its Dell Research division—that's all changed. Dell has morphed completely from a computer box maker into a full-fledged enterprise IT solutions and services vendor. CEO Michael Dell and other executives are now steering the company to be among the leaders in everything from cloud computing and big data to mobility, security and next-generation networking. Dell has steadily increased its R&D, spending more than $1 billion in each of the last few years. Jai Menon, a former longtime IBM executive, runs the new division, which is based in Santa Clara, Calif. Menon recently allowed eWEEK to see some of the new projects being developed there—things few people would have dreamed Dell one day would be doing.

  • IBM awarded 10 of its top technologists, scientists and researchers with the distinction of IBM Fellow. This year's Fellows are at the vanguard of innovations in business, science and society. They hail from a variety of disciplines, ranging from cloud computing and enterprise systems to predictive analytics. In addition to their R&D responsibilities, each of the new Fellows will choose a country from IBM's emerging markets where they will serve as technical ambassadors, continuing a program initiated in 2013. To be named an IBM Fellow requires achievements across four criteria: sustained innovation in some of the world's most important technologies, significant recognition as leaders among IBM's executive and technical communities, broad industry acknowledgement of their accomplishments and a strong history of helping clients deploy new technologies and business models. Collectively, the 10 new Fellows have filed for 441 patents, of which 289 have been granted so far. Since the first appointments by IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson Jr. in 1963, there have been 267 IBM Fellows, 95 of whom remain active IBM employees. IBM shared with eWEEK its list of new Fellows and their accomplishments.

  • The Green Party would support open source and a bill of digital rights, but rules out technology for technology's sake if it hinders environmental aims.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Rapid technology changes are making buying decisions harder and more complex than ever for enterprise IT executives.

  • Dynamic CPQ gives both business and IT decision-makers more tools at the point of decision making.

  • The winter of 2015 has been particularly brutal—especially east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States—and its impact has demonstrated the potential destruction extreme weather can have on businesses of all types. Too frequently, disasters equate to losses in uptime, revenue and data that businesses aren't prepared to handle. Winter storms can be devastating to companies, but there are ways to make the inevitable disasters easier to withstand. Businesses of different sizes are moving increasingly to cloud-based failover backup plans because of the affordability and accessibility cloud backup provides. In the regulated industries, on-site disaster recovery setups are required, and those also are seeing improvements in utility and in feature sets. In this slide show, edited by eWEEK and using our own reporting and industry information from Sue Melfi, vice president of technical support for hybrid-cloud DR provider Datto, we present 10 ways business leaders can prepare their companies in case of a disaster.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The tech community is now realizing the business and political power it holds when it agrees on a position for a cause and decides to act on it.

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